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Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director to Present at SUNY Oneonta

January 20, 2011


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Glimmerglass Festival Artistic & General Director Francesca Zambello will present two programs in the Goodrich Theatre at State University of New York College at Oneonta (SUNY Oneonta) on Wednesday, January 26.

Zambello will work with SUNY Oneonta music students in a public master class at 3 p.m. “Conversation with Francesca Zambello,” a discussion about Zambello’s extensive career in opera and theater, will follow at 4 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The program is presented by The Glimmerglass Guild Education Committee in collaboration with the theater and music departments of SUNY Oneonta.

Visitors may park in the commuter lot (yellow signs) to the right of the Alumni Field House on Ravine Parkway. A campus map is available on the SUNY Oneonta website.

In addition to her work with The Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, Zambello is the artistic advisor for San Francisco Opera where she is directing a new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. An internationally recognized director of opera and theater, her work has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, the Bolshoi, Covent Garden, the Munich Staatsoper, Paris Opera, New York City Opera, Washington National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and English National Opera. She has staged plays and musicals on Broadway, at the Royal National Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Guthrie Theater, Vienna’s Raimund Theater, the Bregenz Festival, Sydney Festival, Disneyland, Berlin’s Theater des Westens and at the Kennedy Center.

She has been awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her contribution to French culture, and the Russian Federation’s medal for Service to Culture. Her theatrical honors include three Olivier Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, two French Grand Prix des Critiques, Helpmann Award, Green Room Award, Palme d’Or in Germany and the Golden Mask in Russia. She began her career as the Artistic Director of the Skylight Opera Theatre and as an assistant director to the late Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. She has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Juilliard and Yale. An American who grew up in Europe, she speaks French, Italian, German and Russian. She is a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

The Glimmerglass Festival is a professional, non-profit organization that offers approximately 40 performances of four productions that run in rotation during July and August. The 2011 Glimmerglass Festival will open with new productions of Bizet’s Carmen and Cherubini’s Medea. Additionally, a double bill of two new operas highlighting American artists will feature the world-premiere production of A Blizzard in Marblehead Neck, a Glimmerglass-commissioned work by the award-winning team of composer Jeanine Tesori and playwright Tony Kushner, and the professional premiere of John Musto and Mark Campbell’s acclaimed Later the Same Evening. The four operas will be joined by Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, starring world-renowned soprano Deborah Voigt. The main stage productions will be supplemented by special performances, concerts and lectures throughout the season. Tickets start at just $26 and all youth tickets (ages 6-18) are $10 when accompanied by an adult. Call (607) 547-2255 or visit for tickets and additional information.

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